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Should We Stop to Help or Should We Not Get Involved?

There is a moving story in the news today, about a man who was so despondent that he was about to end his life by jumping off a bridge. Two women who noticed him made a u-turn, stopped their car and got out to talk him off the ledge. Literally. I have just recently become a New Yorker. In my… READ MORE>>

Trauma-Informed Care for Elderly LGBTQ

Last Thursday I had the honor of participating in the program organized by Toby Weiss, Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care, to educate and sensitize healthcare providers about the special needs of the aging LGBTQ population. This program came one week after my own presentation about the special needs of aging trauma survivors, with… READ MORE>>

Why Everyone Should Learn Mental Health First Aid

A recent article from CNN cites the findings from NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) that show that one out of five Americans adults suffers from a mental health problem, but most don’t seek help for it. Mental Health First Aid – an eight-hour workshop – hopes to allow non-mental health professionals to acquire the basic skills to recognize the… READ MORE>>

Emotional Communication and Inter-brain Synchronization: The Conversation between Dad and a Babbling Baby that Went Viral

This video on Youtube (click on the image below) of a Dad having a conversation with his not-yet verbal baby, has gone viral on social media and has melted hearts all over the world. The beauty of it is in the authenticity of the exchange, which shows an outstanding attunement on the father’s part and an equally unusual intensity of… READ MORE>>

Montreal Children of Survivors

Last week, I had a wonderful experience in Montreal, meeting many new colleagues who work at the Cummings Centre, a gorgeous, vibrant center of Jewish life, with a fantastic art program, wellness program, offering multiple social services to the Jewish community.  I was invited by Beth Finberg and Kim Morand-Zafrani to give a day workshop to the staff and the… READ MORE>>

Educating Healthcare Professionals About the Impact of Trauma on Survivors Facing the End of Life

Presentation Date: 06/19/19
Location: Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NY, NY 10280

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On Wednesday, June 19 I will be presenting an educational program entitled “Understanding the impact of trauma on Holocaust Survivors Facing the End of Life: Examining the Past to Improve… READ MORE>>

I Am Giving a Series of Presentations This Week in Montreal

Presentation Date: 06/05/19
Location: Montreal, Canada

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This week I will have the pleasure of flying to Montreal and meeting the staff of the Cummings Jewish Center for Seniors, an agency providing a wide range of social and… READ MORE>>

REMINDER: Upcoming Workshop for Mental Health Professionals About Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Presentation Date: 05/22/19
Location: Brooklyn, NY

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On Wednesday, May 22 I will be presenting a full-day workshop hosted by the Ohel Institute for Training. The workshop is is entitled “Findings from Neuroscience: Implications for Psychotherapy” and… READ MORE>>

Upcoming Workshop for Mental Health Professionals About Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Presentation Date: 05/22/19
Location: Brooklyn, NY

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On Wednesday, May 22 I will be presenting a full-day workshop hosted by the Ohel Institute for Training. The workshop is is entitled “Findings from Neuroscience: Implications for Psychotherapy” and… READ MORE>>

REMINDER: THIS SUNDAY (May 5): 2nd Meeting of the 2GNYC “Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust” Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors

Presentation Date: 05/05/19
Location: Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, located at 7 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

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I am facilitating a series of meetings of a new Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors in Manhattan. Now that I have become a resident of Manhattan, I am… READ MORE>>

REMINDER – THIS Wed. (May 1): I will be speaking on Yom Ha-Shoah at Congregation Brothers-Israel in Long Branch, NJ

I am honored to have been invited by Rabbi Nasanayl Braun to speak at the Brothers-Israel synagogue on Yom Ha-Shoah this year. The date is Wednesday evening May 1st. The program will start around 8:00 pm and will be about one hour long.  The synagogue is located at 250 Park Avenue in Long Branch, NJ 07740. More information may be… READ MORE>>

I will be presenting at the SPRiNG Alliance Symposium, taking place April 28-30th in Buffalo, NY

Presentation Date: 04/29/19
Location: Buffalo, NY

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It is a special privilege for me to be presenting at the 7th annual gathering of the SPRiNG Alliance (Shelter Partners: Regional. National. Global.), which is the professional network of… READ MORE>>

I will be speaking on Yom Ha-Shoah at Congregation Brothers-Israel in Long Branch, NJ

Presentation Date: 05/01/19
Location: Congregation Brothers-Israel, 250 Park Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740

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I am honored to have been invited by Rabbi Nasanayl Braun to speak at the Brothers-Israel synagogue on Yom Ha-Shoah this year. The date is Wednesday evening May 1st. The… READ MORE>>

REMINDER: TODAY: First Meeting of the 2GNYC “Growing Up in the Shadow of the Holocaust”: Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors

Presentation Date: 04/07/19
Location: Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at New York University, located at 7 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

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This coming Sunday will be the first meeting of a new Discussion Group for Children of Holocaust Survivors in Manhattan. Now that I have become a resident of Manhattan, I… READ MORE>>

A 1939 German Freight Car is on Display at the Museum for Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

This past Sunday, a German cargo train car, like those used to transport men, women and children to Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, arrived at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. The arrival of the freight wagon comes a short time before the opening of the exhibition “Auschwitz. Not Long Ago. Not Far… READ MORE>>